Rachel Kanter, American, b. 1970
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Since the 1960s, feminists have defied an art world dominated by men. Some art historians have argued that Jewish feminists are particularly attuned to sexuality, radical politics, and injustice. Indeed, Jewish painters have played decisive roles in founding and sustaining major feminist theories and art collectives. Feminist-influenced painting generated new ideas and challenged old ones, shifting the gaze to encompass women's history, experience, and material culture.
These provocative paintings embody the tension between individual expression and collective politics, between a traditional medium and radical action. Some of the paintings address issues specific to women artists, such as the representation of the body or the legitimacy of craft and decorative arts, while others address social issues that galvanized radical protest. This online tour explores how social revolutions take place not only in the realm of ideas and politics, but in style and form.
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